I have written a small addition to the "About Us" section of I Don't Hear A Single. I can assure you that this isn't us being up ourselves.
IDHAS gets up to 200 submissions a day. I don't use Spotify etc because of a poor internet and 4G connection that makes streaming nigh impossible through the day. I am also very averse to the rates that these streaming sites pay musicians.
Downloads are easy because these can be downloaded overnight when the internet connection is more stable. There is nothing worse than trying to listen to a new artist when the songs keep buffering.
I have also explained our thoughts on Physical Media. We love CDs and Vinyl and are long time collectors. But we do not wish for artists to be going to additional expense to get music to us, particularly with the Postal Rates rising constantly in the States and Customs Charges being applied in the UK and Europe.
We would love to listen to an album on CD, but not at the expense to struggling musicians. We also have no wish to build our personal music collections on the back of these musicians. We cannot abide people who sell physical promos to record shops. If we don't review an album, we try to pass the CD on to someone who might.
If you wish to send physical media because you think your album will sound much better in that format, that's fine. But we are as likely to review a download as CD or LP.